Measuring Agile Maturity

Title: Measuring Agile Maturity

Synopsis: The best measure of success of your teams use of Agile is how well and how much business value they are delivering. But with potentially long lag times between when work is done and when the final customer receives it, how do we know that our processes are on the right track?



Michael Broadwater is the Agile Project Manager for WebAssign, Inc. Between Scrum Master and coaching duties for his teams he hopes to teach the world that you don't "do" Agile, you "are" agile.

WebAssign is the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for faculty and students. Partnering with all major textbook publishers, WebAssign offers customizable pre-coded questions from a wide range of math and science textbooks along with easy-to-use tools that allow instructors to create their own questions. To date, more than eight million students have used WebAssign to submit over one billion answers to homework assignments, tests, and practice problems. In return, the students have received millions of pages of feedback on their work. During any one term, more than one million students are using WebAssign at over 2,300 educational institutions worldwide.


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  • Catherine

    I think maybe 30 attended though 71 signed up. Taking ideas for making sure our RSVP's are up-do-date before the next meeting.

    November 6, 2013

    • Shawna S.

      The first step might be to print off the RSVP list and have people check off when they come in.

      November 7, 2013

    • Thomas W.

      I recommend having it as a $1 cost - if you don't show up, you still have to pay. Can go to food bank, drinks, whatever. I recommend a cost (as opposed to a penalty) b/c the penalty is so small that it's easy to ignore (not going to the meeting is only $1); see, for example, the experiments about charging people who are late picking up their kids from daycare. However, if it's a known cost, then it's a waste of money (you're spending $1 no matter what; *getting* something for that $1 requires showing up). Might be the same amount of money, but, for an awful lot of people, they're psychologically distinct. Also does not "punish" people who don't show up b/c of legitimate reasons (e.g., I recently missed a Meetup because my fiancée was in the UNC Emergency Department; not sure that I, or anyone else, should get penalized for that).

      1 · November 7, 2013

  • Summer F.

    Good discussions

    November 7, 2013

  • Steve G.

    I got the feeling some were looking for a drop-in, one-size-fits-all, maturity model that works for everyone. Mike made it clear that, like Agile itself, you have to mold it slightly to your implementation.
    I enjoyed the presentation - I'll be using some of his ideas.

    November 6, 2013

  • Peter S.

    This was good to discuss this approach to formalize agile maturity measurement. Specifically the discussion was revealing: Seems like many 'agilists' are afraid of any kind of 'formalism' or standardization - maybe not surprisingly so. I personally, think that by considering all formalism as evil we are missing one chance to get more and broader acceptance of the core values of agile methods, so I believe it's not helping our cause. I thought the comparison to CMM / CMMI would be really an interesting topic - I found quite a bit of articles and blogs about this last night and will certainly pursue this more.

    November 6, 2013

  • Devin B. H.

    I think the presenter did a great job for his first public speaking engagement. He properly scoped the presentation and set expectations. My expectations were much broader. That's all.

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Ray H.

    Is it really full or can I just show up? I ask because sometimes the number is arbitrary.

    November 5, 2013

    • mark h.

      "ya snooze, ya lose."

      Seriously, Ray. I've been urging you to participate in these events for several months/weeks. Maybe you can show up just to hand out your resume/CV and do some job-related networking before the meeting starts.

      November 5, 2013

  • Jordan B.

    unfortunately, i cannot make it either. if there's a presentation, hope it gets posted. i'm sure it'll be great stuff.

    November 4, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    Would love to attend but I have another obligation to attend.

    November 4, 2013

  • AgileBill K.

    Darn, have a family thing to do that day - take good notes!

    October 30, 2013

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